Sonic youth

By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 19, 2008

No one works the live circuit like local treasure MARK CUTLER, who plays out all over this week, starting Thursday (the 20th) with a free gig at Nick-a-Nee's (401.861.7290), while Jake's Bar & Grille (401.453.5253) hosts a low-dough show on with local guys SOUNDER plus CLEAR THE WAY, SUNSHINE RIOT, and LESS THAN A FELONY. Also, Dallas-based metalheads INBRYO appear at Cats (401.722.0150) in the Bucket with locals RED THEORY opening; the latter will return for a headlining gig on Thanksgiving Eve. Just about every demographic imaginable is covered on a busy Friday (the 21st), starting with Brown U alum and sitarist guru SRINIVAS REDDY at Firehouse 13 with BANGALORE and TOO BIG TO FAIL opening. Call 401.270.1801. Jerky's (401.621.2244) has an alt-rock double feature with SOMEDAY PROVIDENCE and INNOCENT UPRISING. The sure-bet ROUTE .44 play at the Blackstone (401.726.2181) in Pawtucket with BROKE DOWN SERENADE and KRIS HANSEN'S LEFT HAND BAND in tow. Or head to Cats for a death-metal trifecta with NAME IN VAIN, GRAVESIDE SERVICE, and CYTHRUL. The other end of the spectrum resides at the Hi-Hat (401.453.6500), with veteran RI dance band troupe MALLOI. It's worth the drive up 295-North to Effin's Last Resort in Smithfield for STEVE SMITH & THE NAKEDS on Friday and THE COMPLAINTS on Saturday (the 22nd). Call 401.349.3500. Also on Saturday, MARK CUTLER rocks on at Eddie's 529 (401.461.1770) on Warwick Avenue; Mass-based alt-rock acts KENAZ, CHERRY S/T, and FINAL HOUR join FURLONG and MIND OF EIN at Jerky's. Or head to the Mill in Greenville for a '60s UK Invasion with THE MOCKERS ably covering the Beatles and the Kinks, Dusty Springfield, and plenty more. Call 401.949.8988. And THE WHEELER SCHOOL JAZZ BAND gets the opening slot for the New York-based jazzsters the Francisco Pais Quartet at Chan's in Woonsocket (401.765.1900). On Sunday (the 23rd), release your inner Oi! with legendary ska locals THE AGENTS playing a benefit gig at the Blackstone with JAN SCHMIDT & THE ORIGINAL SINNERS and Lincoln's STALEMATE kicking off the 5 pm party. And Jake's launches its Wednesday singer/songwriter series on Thanksgiving Eve with — you guessed it — MARK CUTLER! Call 401.453.5253.

Congrats to THE LOW ANTHEM, who are this week's Next artists on the World Cafe, which is heard on nearly 200 NPR stations. The "Next" segment honors "independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music." Pat 'em on the back on Saturday at Stone Soup Coffehouse, where they'll share the bill with Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers. Call 401.457.7147.

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